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Learn how to make the most of Southwark’s local history archive

Southwark's Local History Library is a mine of fascinating information. A series of creative history writing workshops aims to help local residents make the most of this resource.

The workshops – to be held every Saturday morning in May – are designed to encourage local people to engage imaginatively and think creatively about ways of telling stories about people and places of the past.

Each session will be led by creative writing tutor Emma Brooker and a specialist in local and family history research.

The project will give people who are already engaged in local and family history research an opportunity to shape, discuss and publish their work.

Those who are new to this area of research will be introduced to the Southwark Local History Library and encouraged to use and enjoy this extraordinary cultural asset.

Writing produced during these workshops will be eligible for publication on a new Writing the Archive website to be launched in July.

Writing the Archive is a local and family history writing project funded by Better Bankside in partnership with Southwark Libraries and Heritage and London South Bank University.

The project is open to everyone who lives, works or goes to school in the Bankside and Blackfriars areas. Grandparents with grandchildren, or any other kind of family group are particularly welcome (children must be accompanied by a responsible adult).

To find out more, or to book your free workshop place, call Emma Brooker on 020 7815 5756 or email

The Local History Library is in Angel Place, behind John Harvard Library on Borough High Street.

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